Bonnie and Clyde Photo Gallery

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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
Photo of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow taken between 1932 and 1934. Public Domain

Bonnie and Clyde were notorious outlaws, robbers, and criminals who made headlines across the country during the Great Depression.

Bonnie Parker was just shy of five feet tall, all of 90 pounds, a part-time waitress and amateur poet from a poor Dallas home who was bored with life and wanted something more. Clyde Barrow was a fast-talking, small-time thief from a similarly destitute Dallas family who hated poverty and wanted to make a name for himself. Together, they became the most notorious crime couple in American history.

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Bonnie and Clyde Playing With Guns

Bonnie and Clyde ham it up for the camera.
Bonnie and Clyde Bonnie and Clyde ham it up for the camera. FBI.gov

Their story, though romanticized on the silver screen, was hardly a glamorous one. From the summer of 1932 until the spring of 1934, they left a trail of violence and terror in their wake as they crisscrossed the countryside in a series of stolen cars, robbing gas stations, village groceries, and the occasional bank and taking hostages when they got into a tight spot.

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Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker
A High School Honor Roll Student Turned Notorious Criminal Bonnie Parker standing in front of a 1932 Ford V-8 B-400 Convertible Sedan. Public Domain

Dallas Observer noted about Bonnie, "although the authorities who gunned down the 23-year old in 1934 conceded that she was no bloodthirsty killer and that when taken into custody she tended to inspire the paternal aspects of the police who held her ... there was a mystifying devolution from the high school poet, speech class star, and mini-celebrity who performed Shirley Temple-like as a warm up act at the stump speeches of local politicians to the accomplice of rage-filled Clyde Barrow."

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Clyde Barrow Posing

Clyde Barrow
Clyde was paroled in early 1932 and soon returned to a life of crime. FBI.gov

Clyde Barrow, already an ex-con, was a few months short of 21 when he met Bonnie and began his crime spree, crisscrossing the countryside in a series of stolen cars.

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Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker
Bonnie Parker. Public Domain

Writer Joseph Geringer's article Bonnie and Clyde: Romeo and Juliet in a Getaway Car explained part of Bonnie and Clyde's appeal to the public then, and their celebrity legend now, by saying "Americans thrilled to their 'Robin Hood' adventures. The presence of a female, Bonnie, escalated the sincerity of their intentions to make them something unique and individual - even at times heroic."

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Clyde Barrow's Wanted Poster

Clyde Barrow's Wanted Poster
Clyde Barrow's Wanted Poster. FBI.gov

One the FBI became involved in capturing Bonnie and Clyde, the agents went to work distributing wanted notices with fingerprints, photographs, descriptions, criminal records and other information to police officers across the country.

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The Bullet Riddled Car

The Bullet Riddled Car
The Bullet Riddled Car. Public Domain

On May 23, 1934, a posse of police officers from Louisiana and Texas ambushed Bonnie and Clyde along a remote road in Sailes, Louisiana. Some say the couple was hit with over 50 bullets each. Others say it they were each hit with 25 bullets. Either way, Bonnie and Clyde were killed instantly.

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The Memorial

The Memorial
The Memorial. Public Domain

In the poem, The Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Bonnie Parker herself, she wrote,

"Some day they'll go down together
they'll bury them side by side.
To few it'll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde."

The two were not buried together as written in her poem. Parker was buried in the Fishtrap Cemetery, but in 1945, was moved to the new Crown Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

Clyde was buried in Western Heights Cemetery in Dallas, next to his brother, Marvin.

Read more in this  profile of Bonnie and Clyde .

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